to post it online on Glycon, his Alan Moore obsession site.
"I'm absolutely thrilled to be able to do this," says Padraig. "I seem to have, more by accident than by design, become a sort of honorary online publisher to some of Alan's lesser known back catalogue, which I'm pleased to say he seems to be happy for me to do, as it makes it available for free to people who wouldn't get to see it otherwise.
"I have a general imprimatur from him to publish the standard unavailable stuff, old comics stories and the like, but there are a number of things I like to check back with him about, and this was definitely one of them.
"The fact that I was also able to check with Steve Moore is a double bonus, as he not only wrote half the poems, he also published it as part of his Somnium Press imprint."
In the post, Steve reveals the project was a 'spur of the moment' thing. "Alan
was visiting me for the weekend and the Saturday was 1st May 2004, and
we just decided we wanted to do something creative. So we decided to
produce a booklet of poems in a single day.
"We decided to use four
traditional verse forms ... Alan wrote a pantoum and a sestina, I did a
sonnet and a villanelle … which explains the title, Technical Vocabularies.
That’s actually a quotation from Théophile Gautier’s biography of
Baudelaire, where he mentions this in a definition of the Decadent
writing style. The sub-title ‘Games for May’ comes from a Syd
Barrett song and was obviously applicable to the date we were doing
"So we wrote the poems and then I designed and typeset the pages
while Alan drew the cover illustration, and we had the whole thing
assembled by the evening. It took a bit longer to actually print, of
course, and then we had to get together again to sign the copies. So we
ended up with a ‘private edition’ of 26 copies to give to our friends,
which had silver covers, and a ‘public edition’ of 75 copies with cream
covers, which were then sent over to Chris Staros at Top Shelf to
market, and they sold out in two hours. We used to do things a bit
quicker in those days!"
• Read Technical Vocabularies at: http://glycon.livejournal.com/14748.html
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